Bhubaneswar: Koraput Coffee, which is produced in a certain areas of Koraput district of Odisha, is going to make its presence felt in every corner of the country and abroad very soon.
Due to the effort made by Tribal Development Co-operative Corporation of Odisha Ltd (TDCCOL), Tata Coffee has agreed to sell Koraput coffee for the betterment and prosperity of the state’s coffee farmers.
For the first time, Tata Coffee is going to buy coffee from Odisha for its uniqueness, official sources said.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik lauded Sulochana Khar of Kasampadar village in Koraput district for her contribution to the expansion and enrichment of coffee farming in Koraput.
Sulochana Khar has been a source of inspiration for others as a successful coffee farmer by selling more than 200kg of coffee fruits to Tribal Development Co-operative Corporation of Odisha Ltd (TDCCOL), Chief Minister Mr.Patnaik said.
The cooperation of ‘Tata Coffee’ in the efforts of the State Government for the socio- economic development of the coffee farmers during this pandemic, he said.
The State Government has come up with a special plan to protect the livelihoods of the tribals through Koraput coffee. As of June 2021, 30,000 families have been granted 46,000 acres of forest land under FRA.
In 2020-21, TDCCOL collected 28,790 kg of coffee cherries from 193 tribal coffee farmers in Laxmipur, Kashipur, Dasmantpur, Nandapur, Lamtaput, Koraput and Pattangi blocks of Koraput district.
The target is set to produce coffee in another 80 hectares of land during 2021-22 years. This year, coffee producers have been trained to improve their skills.